Sugar-free berry and chia seed spread

In the Kitchen

If you're looking for a yummy sugar-free, homemade spread, th this recipe found on This NZ Life is absolutely perfect! Especially if you're finding your berry trees are giving you a bumper crop.


  • 2 cups fresh berries
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Optional: 3 tbsp sugar

METHOD (no sugar):

  1. Mash berries with a fork to a consistency you like. Place them into a wide-mouthed jam jar. Add the chia seeds and lemon juice, then stir with a fork.
  2. Place in the fridge and allow to ‘set’. The chia seeds will swell up and absorb the liquid, thickening the spread at the same time.

METHOD (cooked, sugar option):

  1. Add the berries, chia seeds, lemon juice, and sugar (if you’re using it) to a pot. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes to dissolve the sugar and get the fruit piping hot.
  2. Wash jars and lids in hot, soapy water. Rinse them thoroughly. Sterilise the jars in the oven (100°C for 15 minutes), and the lids in boiling water (for 10 minutes). Carefully ladle the spread into the jars and screw on the lids.
  3. Keep in the fridge. Once opened, consume within a week. Larger batches can be frozen.

Recipe source: This NZ Life